|Wither Skeleton Jockey|
A rare, hostile mob that has a 0.8% chance of spawning.
|Health Points:||Wither Skeleton 20HP (10x )
5HP (2.5x )
|Drops:||0–1 Coal, 0–2 Bones, Stone Sword, a Wither Skeleton Head, 0–3 String, 0–1 Spider Eye|
|Location:||Light level >7, on a solid block|
|Experience Points:||5 (from the Wither Skeleton)
5 (from the Spider)
1% of wither skeletons naturally spawning in the Nether or from Spawn Eggs become jockeys. However, to be able to spawn one, a player must be in the Nether.
Wither skeleton jockeys will attack the Player as soon as they see him/her. If the wither skeleton touches players with its stone Sword, a player will be instantly affected with the Wither status effect. Once the wither skeleton is killed, the spider will start attacking a player. Likewise, if a spider is killed, the wither skeleton will start attacking the player on its own.
The best strategy to kill a wither skeleton jockey is to use a Bow since one should keep his/her distance in order to avoid getting the wither effect. However, an iron or diamond sword can easily kill a wither skeleton jockey if melee is unavoidable. It is recommended to wear Armor when fighting these.
When the wither skeleton dies, it may drop 0–1Coal
, 0–1 Wither Skeleton Head, and rarely its stone sword. The spider, once killed, may drop 0–1Spider Eyes
- Wither skeletons can be spawned riding a Cave Spider, but this only happens in Pocket Edition.
- Wither skeleton jockeys are not able to be spawned in the Overworld, but spider jockeys have a small chance to spawn in the nether since 20% of wither skeletons spawned become regular skeletons.
- Wither skeleton jockeys were added to Pocket Edition in Update 0.15.0 when the wither skeleton was added.
- Spiders, by themselves, cannot spawn naturally in the Nether.